Wednesday May 1, 2019

By: Janet Susan R. Nepales

Daring, original, edgy. You may describe it however you want, but you cannot deny that Kenneth Barlis, that young designer from San Diego, is making waves right now with his unique designs that most veteran fashion designers are starting to notice.

2019, in fact, is Kenneth’s year.

He even surprised himself when I pointed out to him that his green ballroom gown for TV show host and fashion stylist Jeannie Mai at the 76th Golden Globe Awards landed on the Best Dressed List of no less than the Los Angeles Times. And yes, he was right there among the who’s who in fashion.

Then the grand slam happened. Right after another Kenneth’s designs are being highlighted in covers of magazines with more celebrities wearing his creations — “Crazy Rich Asian” Nico Santos proudly wore a black and white suit ensemble by Kenneth on the cover of Advocate magazine, more “Crazy Rich Asians” actors and actresses wore his creations on Vietbeauty magazine, then there is no less than Hollywood actor Dermot Mulroney who was dashing and handsome in a delicious peach-colored suit by Kenneth as he posed on the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine to honor the reunion of the cast of “My Best Friend’s Wedding” with Rupert Everett, Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts.

I have followed the career of Kenneth and I have seen him grow by leaps and bounds, being more daring, more creative, more wonderful. His recent show at the Los Angeles Fashion Week attests to that. His men’s creations was just mind blowing. It was just like somebody cleaned my glasses and everything became brighter and more colorful. I could easily even want to wear them myself !

Kenneth talks about his inspiration for his KB Collection Spring-Summer 2019. He said, “It is inspired from the psychedelic love, colors and harmony. I love playing with colors and textures all in one. I believe that men’s wear should not stop from the traditional black, and gray suit. I wanted to explore and push every button I can to create a new lifestyle for men. I wanted them to enjoy dressing up as well.”

Surely, your husband or boyfriend won’t look like any other drab guy in a monochromatic black or gray suit. Wearing one of Kenneth’s suits brings out the joy and fun in dressing up. And men should also enjoy that!

As for his women’s collection, Kenneth explained, “For the women, I created a modern KB look and gave a very sexy touch to it. High slits and no lining look for this season is my big thing. I wanted to show off the women’s figures by adding allure and glamour using those nude soft tulles.”

Stressing the femininity and natural look of women is definitely Kenneth’s message in this collection.

The showstopper of the night is a six-year-old girl, who happens to be Kenneth’s niece, who also modeled for Kenneth and was even his finale model. The little girl has the right model attitude and definitely will go places like his uncle Kenneth! Looking forward to Kenneth’s next show and bravo to this millennial who is showing us what the future will look like.

Dermot Mulroney, third from left, wearing a Kenneth Barlis suit on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in honor of the reunion the cast of “My Best Friend’s Wedding” that also includes Rupert Everett, Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz

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